Pro Day Pearls

This article will focus on the draft candidates who were unable/not invited to work out at this year’s NFL combine. We will highlight athletes who had outstanding pro day workouts, and have a chance to be selected in Day 2 or 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cedric Thompson – Safety: Minnesota

Height: 6’0

Weight: 211 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.40 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.28 seconds

Three cone drill: 6.94 seconds

Vertical leap: 40.5 inches

Broad jump: 10 foot 2

Bench press (225): 21 lifts

Cedric Thompson is an uber athlete at safety, who’s athleticism does’t always show up on the film. It was to the point that many scouts, after watching the tape on Cedric, came to the conclusion that Thompson’s most significant weakness was in fact his athleticism. His performance at his pro day disproved that theory however.

Chandler Worthy – Wide Receiver: Troy

Height: 5’8

Weight: 173 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.34 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.17 seconds

Three cone drill: 7.08 seconds

Vertical leap: 39.5 inches

Broad jump: 11 foot 5

Bench press (225 lbs): 17 lifts

Chandler Worthy is an undersized, but explosive athlete. He showcased ridiculous running, and leaping ability at Troy’s pro day. Possesses both elite quickness, and long speed. Could be an asset in the return game at the next level. Lacks natural ability to catch the football. Has very small hands.

Corey Grant – Running Back: Auburn

Height: 5’9

Weight: 209 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.26 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.08 seconds

Three cone drill: 7.00 seconds

Vertical leap: 37 inches

Broad jump: 10 foot 7

Bench press (225 lbs): 22 lifts

Scat back Corey Grant out of Auburn had one of the most explosive workouts throughout the whole draft evaluation process hands down. He displays impressive lower body volatility and displays good hands catching the ball out of the back field. In today’s wide open, pass happy, multiple-back set NFL, Corey Grant will see a variety of teams vying for his talents. Corey Grant might have had a workout worthy of a draft pick, and could be a late round steal.

Preston Smith – Defensive End: Mississippi State

Height: 6’5

Weight: 273 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.71 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.28 seconds

Three cone drill: 7.07 seconds

Vertical leap: 34 inches

Broad jump: 10 foot 1

Bench press (225 lbs): 24 lifts

Smith is a relatively well known prospect who performed extremely well at the combine this year. Preston Smith is on this list because even though his is, big, fast, strong, he doesn’t always play to the potential, or with the twitch that his workout says he can. At the Bulldogs’ pro day in Starkville, Mississippi, Preston Smith got to work out as a linebacker. His athletic versatility was on full display. He dropped back in coverage and caught the ball extremely well for a prospect his size.

Deshazor Everett – Cornerback: Texas A&M

Height: 5’11

Weight: 211 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.49 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.28 seconds

Three cone drill: 6.78 seconds

Vertical leap: 38 inches

Broad jump: 10 foot 10

Bench press (225 lbs): 15 lifts

Once thought to be one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation, Deshazor Everett’s career has been plagued with nagging injuries, and off of the field strife. This combination of turmoil led to some inconsistencies with his play this past season, further hindering his momentum coming up to the draft. However, Deshazor managed to steal the show at the Aggies pro day. He posted very good numbers all across the board, and should garner a second look from a lot of clubs with this showing.

Kenny Bell – Wide Receiver: Nebraska

 Height: 6’1

Weight: 197 lbs.

40 yard dash: 4.38 seconds

20 yard short shuttle: 4.15 seconds

Three cone drill: 6.66 seconds

Vertical leap: 41.5 inches

Broad jump: 10 foot 9

Bench press (225 lbs): 7 lifts

Speed is the only word that you can use to describe Kenny Bell’s game. Bell is an experienced and game tested four year senior. Standing 6’1, Bell has bulked up from 186 lbs. in season, to 197 lbs. Due to some stiffness in his hips, Bell is more of a straight line athlete, as opposed to an athlete with elite lateral quickness. He is not a crisp route runner, and because of his lack of strength he can easily be re-routed. He will need to become stronger at the next level. Bell has out of this world leaping ability, and will fight for contested balls; coming away victorious in a lot of those instances. This is in large part due to his taller frame and extremely underrated ball skills. Bell possesses elite ball tracking skills while the football is in the air, he has good run after the catch ability, and is also a threat in the return game.



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